After being stabbed on Friday during an event, British Author Salman Rushdie has been shifted to the ventilator.
According to his agent, Andrew Wylie, the author cannot speak and will lose one eye. Andre added that the condition did not look good. He added that Salman’s liver was damaged, and nerves in the arm were severed.
The 75-year-old author was addressing the audience at Chautauqua Institution in New York on the topic of artistic freedom when a man rushed onto the stage and stabbed the novelist. The attendees of the event helped arrest the culprit, identified as Hadi Hadi Matar.
Salman has lived almost half of his life under death threats for his allegedly blasphemous novel The Satanic Verses. The supreme leader of Iran, Ayatullah Ruhullah Khomeini, issued a fatwa and called Muslims to kill Rushdie and people involved in publication for blasphemy. In 1991, the Japanese translator of The Satanic Verses, Hitoshi Igarashi, was murdered.